Replacing carpet floor with wood laminate - advice / thoughts

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  1. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    What say you, 'ole boaters? Done it? Price thoughts? Advice? Do it yourself? Hire a contractor? Specific laminate? sub floor? Did it / love it or Did it / hate it?
     
  2. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I'm pondering the same question. Lots of threads on the subject and the consensus seems to be everyone loves it.The requirement for a subfloor probably can't be ascertained until you remove the carpet. Some have said the floor was so rough they had to either level it, or add a sub-floor. Others found it smooth enough to just clean it up and start laying the planks.

    It is not knowing what shape my floor is in, that is holding me back. Carpet is often used to hide a multitude of sins.
     
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  3. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Crickets?
     
  4. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    I may be unique in this but I have a saying that everything in a yacht should be “yacht-like.” That being said I think there are 2 proper cabin soles. 1 is carpet and one is teak and holly so... I think if you’re going to lay teak and holly then it needs to be completed by a professional as they can do the base trim and fit it much better then and amateur. If your doing carpet then anyone can do it.

    I totally understand this is a unique way of thinking but look at older boats... which ones interest you? The ones that look stock or the ones with all the aftermarket goodies that are in style at the time but have since faded?

    Just my .02

    Josh
     
  5. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Respectfully, I don't know Josh.... Look at some of the new floors today and there seem to be improvements...Laminates that are marine grade, etc...I like carpet for sound attenuation but they are harder to keep clean and can get moldy...Thought I'd look into what others have done and think...I know some members have done the change, but I'd like to hear how they like the results...
     
  6. Riptide III

    Riptide III Active Member

    515
    Dec 8, 2007
    Dartmouth MA
    1997 Sea Ray 400DA
    Cat 3116 TA
    1994 Sea Ray Laguna CC 250 Tohatsu
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    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Love it. Carpet doesn't belong on boats our size. They smell, get dirty require maintenance and you need to worry about people spilling or walking on it. There are ugly runners, but then,it is no longer carpet. I pulled up the old carpet, hardest part of the job. The fiberglass was rough and bumpy. I didn't didn't want to grind and make dust. Solution was glue and screws 3/8 marine ply down as a sub floor. Wood product was a quality I repeat quality vinyl plank floor. I then glued the plank to the subfloor. Hatches have to be reshaped with rounded corners. Square corners are more likely to peel up. It is a lot of work but very worth it. The color in the pictures doesn't due it justice.
     
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  7. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Thanks RT, any negatives? Do you remember the specific plywood and vinyl you used? What did you do for the vertical carpet and trim? How is it wearing and do you use a runner? Est. cost?
     
  8. Riptide III

    Riptide III Active Member

    515
    Dec 8, 2007
    Dartmouth MA
    1997 Sea Ray 400DA
    Cat 3116 TA
    1994 Sea Ray Laguna CC 250 Tohatsu
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    No negatives. The plywood was 3/8 inch marine grade plywood. I bought remnant carpet from a carpet store for the vertical carpet areas and stair risers. 3M spray adhesive was used to affix it. I bought the flooring from lumber liquidators. It is vinyl plank with a thicker wear layer than box store products. The planks will click together as you install them but you still need to glue them. No runners. I even did the stairs treads. Not a wear spot to be seen. Under $300. All my labor.
     
  9. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    That's great thanks....If you recall the specific floor, I'll check with the local Lumber Liquidators.

    I might have missed it, but I presume you glued the subfloor also...You said glue and screws, what was screwed? I imagine you have to be careful screwing into the fiberglass...
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2019
  10. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Express Hardtop “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    Couple comments.

    One if you want Teak & holly you can buy it in ¼” plywood. It is a thick veneer meant for flooring use on boats. It can then be epoxied to thicker marine ply to be applied as flooring.

    Two, plywood should be painted with a coat of epoxy on all sides. This will seal and stabilize the wood. Sealing is good, but stabilizing will head off any problems in the future from it shifting.

    Henry
     
  11. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Nice advice regarding sealing...
     
  12. Riptide III

    Riptide III Active Member

    515
    Dec 8, 2007
    Dartmouth MA
    1997 Sea Ray 400DA
    Cat 3116 TA
    1994 Sea Ray Laguna CC 250 Tohatsu
    :
    Agree good advice. Not necessary in the cabin floor application. I would caution against it in my application. I can't guarantee the floor adhesives performance on whatever you use to seal it. In addition the marine grade plywood on the cabin floor should never see moisture.
     
  13. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    "Should" is the key word...I would like to put something down that is designed for water simply as a precaution. I don't know if there are different grades of "marine grade" plywood or if they are safe in living quarters...I'll try and do some homework...The idea being if water does intrude in some way, standing water won't damage the flooring...Is this unrealistic?
     
  14. frosh coach

    frosh coach Member

    173
    Apr 20, 2011
    Long Island Sound, New Haven CT
    1994 300 Sundancer
    1989 230 Cuddy (SOLD)
    Twin Mercruiser 350 FWC, Alpha 1 Gen II
    Riptide - nice job. What did you put on the side (between the wood floor and upholstery/leather seats)?
     
  15. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Asked and answered.... "I bought remnant carpet from a carpet store for the vertical carpet areas and stair risers."
     
  16. frosh coach

    frosh coach Member

    173
    Apr 20, 2011
    Long Island Sound, New Haven CT
    1994 300 Sundancer
    1989 230 Cuddy (SOLD)
    Twin Mercruiser 350 FWC, Alpha 1 Gen II
    thank you!
     
  17. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    That looks great!!
     

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